Date: 24th May 2022 at 3:22pm
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Newcastle United are targeting a new striker this summer, and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is now looking like a potential candidate according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The Lowdown- Newcastle looking for a number nine

Following Chris Wood’s disappointing time on Tyneside thus far, which has seen him net just twice in 17 Premier League appearances since his £25m move from Burnley in January, it looks like Newcastle will be back in the market for a new striker this summer.

With the North East side set to have a £100m budget to spend this summer according to 90min, bringing in a new marksman to lead the line is one of the club’s priorities, and, despite having a difficult season at Everton, Calvert-Lewin’s name has been mentioned, with speculation about a potential move for the Englishman now being touted.

The Latest- A realistic chance

An update on the transfer saga has been offered by talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook, who told GIVEMESPORT that the Magpies have a realistic chance of landing the centre forward.

When asked about whether or not he could see the attraction of the move he said:

“Yeah, I can see the attraction because I think they are a more upwardly mobile club than Everton at this stage.

“Obviously, it’s a World Cup year as well, so he needs to be playing at the best level he can. So, I could see that happening.”

The Verdict- Newcastle could resurrect his career

If you had asked the St. James Park faithful their verdict on potentially bringing in Calvert-Lewin this time last year, the answer would have been straight forward: the 25-year-old had just come off his best scoring season, bagging 16 goals in 33 Premier League appearances under Carlo Ancelotti in 2020/21 and had made the England squad for the European Championships; while Newcastle had a considerably lower transfer budget than they have now since their takeover in October 2021.

However, a lot can change in a year, and the Sheffield-born talisman has struggled with injury throughout the 2021/22, scoring just five goals, and his transfer value has decreased by £2.7m in the past five months, according to Transfermarkt.

If the touted asking price of £60m is to believed, it would be a massive risk for Newcastle to buy him.

However, with The Sun reporting that Everton could be forced into selling some of their prized assets to balance the books, with Calvert-Lewin’s name being mentioned along with Richarlison as potential stars that could be sacrificed, the Toffees may be willing to accept a lower offer for their number nine.

With this in mind, it makes a move for the ex-Sheffield United man a more exciting proposition, as on his day, he has been praised for being on the league’s best strikers, with his former boss Ancelotti describing him as a “fantastic striker”, drawing comparisons to AC Milan legend Filippo Inzaghi, as well as being dubbed a “special talent” by his former youth assistant Chris Short

If Eddie Howe can sign the target man for a reasonable fee, he could easily get Calvert-Lewin back performing at his very best in a black and white shirt, which would certainly help the club in their optimistic project.

 

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